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The Getty Alchemy Collection

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Alchemy 105
Rosicrucians 34
Occultism 25
Theology 17
Mysticism 16
Medicine 15
Chemistry 14
Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric 14
Magic 7
Christian life 6
Alchemists 5
Cabala 4
Materia medica 4
Antimony 3
Calvinism 3
Cosmology 3
Gold 3
Signatures (Medicine) 3
Sulfur 3
Biblical cosmology 2
Confessio fraternitatis 2
Distillation 2
Fama fraternitatis 2
Jesuits 2
Jesus Christ 2
Llull, Ramon, 1232?-1316 2
Lutheran Church 2
Metallurgy 2
Metals 2
Mythology, Egyptian 2
Mythology, Greek 2
Paracelsus, 1493-1541 2
Pharmacy 2
Philosophy, Medieval 2
Precious stones 2
Prophecies (Occultism) 2
Trojans 2
Utopias 2
Abnormalities, Human 1
Alphabets 1
Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654 1
Anti-Catholicism 1
Anti-Catholicism in literature 1
Anton Ulrich, Herzog von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, 1633-1714 1
Arithmetic 1
Art 1
Astrology 1
Botany, Medical 1
Calvin, Jean, 1509-1564 1
Colors 1
Copus, Martinus 1
Dictionaries, Polyglot 1
Diseases 1
Drawing 1
Engraving 1
Erastus, Thomas, 1524-1583 1
Ferdinand Albrecht I, Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, 1636-1687 1
Fire 1
Flamel, Nicolas, d. 1418 1
Flamel, Pernelle 1
Fludd, Robert, 1574-1637 1
Foster, William, 1591-1643 1
Geochemistry 1
Geomancy 1
Geometry 1
Glass manufacture 1
Guibert, Nicolas, ca. 1547-ca. 1620 1
Harvey, William, 1578-1657 1
Health 1
Hellwig, Johann Otto von, 1654-1698 1
Hercules (Roman mythology) 1
Heydon, John, b. 1629 1
Jabir ibn Hayyan 1
Latin letters 1
Longevity 1
Lord's Supper 1
Materia medica, Vegetable 1
Matter 1
Medicinal plants 1
Medicine, Medieval 1
Military art and science 1
Millennium (Eschatology) 1
Mnemonics 1
More, Henry, 1614-1687 1
Mundus, S 1
Music theory 1
Natural history 1
Numerology 1
Palmistry 1
Pansophy 1
Parapsychology 1
Phlogiston 1
Portrait painting 1
Precious stones, Artificial 1
Pulse 1
Pyramids 1
Reformed Church 1
Rejuvenation 1
Roscrucians 1
Rudolf August, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, 1627-1704 1
Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, 1552-1612 1
Salt 1
Salts 1
Scheunemann, Henning 1
Science 1
Sibylla Ursula, Duchess of Brunswick and Lüneburg 1
Spiritualism 1
Stefan Batory, King of Poland, 1533-1586 1
Surgery 1
Tartaric acid 1
Theological anthropology 1
Therapeutics 1
Umbelliferae 1
Uralter Ritter-Krieg 1
Valentia, Florentinus de, 1586-1654 1
Wine and wine making 1
Wounds and injuries 1
Zodiac 1
Zwinglianism 1
The initials E. K., which appear throughout the text, stand for Edward Kelly, Dee's associate
Topics: Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, 1552-1612, Stefan Batory, King of Poland, 1533-1586, Spiritualism,...
Published anonymously. Author's name appears in later ed., published: London : W. Tait, 1918
Topics: Alchemy, Occultism
Colophon: Getruckt zu Franckfurt am Mayn bey Niclas Hoffman, in Verlegung der Paltheniorum in Franckfurt, 1603
Topic: Alchemy
Imprint varies. Vol. 2: London : Printed for Henry Brome, 1663. Vol. 3: London : Printed by J.C. for R. Broom, at the signe of the Gun in Ivy-Lane, 1663
Topics: Occultism, Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Library has v.1
Topics: Occultism, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
First section of Book 1 contains receipts and advice on treating diseases. The remainder of the work consists of translated alchemical treatises. See Hogart
Topics: Alchemy, Medicine
Pages 225-300 lacking in pagination
Topics: Art, Portrait painting, Medicine, Palmistry, Alchemy
The authorship was attributed to Barrett as early as 1824, but is not certain. Cf. Hogart
Topics: Alchemists, Alchemy, Alchemy
Only the 1st Tractatus of t. 1 has general title. The other parts have individual t.p.'s: Tractatus secundus, De natvrae simia seu technica macrocosmi historia. Oppenheimio : Aere Iohan-Theodori de Bry : Typis Hieronymi Galleri, 1618; Tomvs secvndvs De svpernatvrali, naturali, praeternaturali et contranaturali microcosmi historia, in tractatus tres distributa. Oppenhemij : Impensis Iohannis Theodori de Bry : Typis Hieronymi Galleri, 1619; Tomi secvndi, tractatus primi, sectio secunda, De...
Topics: Cosmology, Arithmetic, Geometry, Music theory, Drawing, Military art and science, Astrology,...
By Arthur Dee. Published in Latin at Basle, 1629. Translated into English by Elias Ashmole under the anagram of James Hasolle. See Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
In 5 parts and 4 addition sections, each with special t.p
Topics: Alchemy, Medicine
First German edition. First Latin ed. published by Hentzske the same year. Cf. Nissen
Topics: Medicinal plants, Botany, Medical, Materia medica, Vegetable, Umbelliferae
Frontispiece is engraved port. of author, signed in the plate: T. Cross Sculpsit. Also, woodcut diagrams, including author's horoscope at p. 98
Topics: Occultism, Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Pref. signed: Erasmus Wolfart
Topics: Occultism, Cabala, Alchemy
No more published
Topic: Alchemy
First published by Luca Jennis (Frankfort, 1625); cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
"Although the second part of this work had been printed in 1719 and again in 1729, the first edition was first published in 1735 by J. Phil. Helwig of Homburg vor der Höhe. This is a reprint of that first edition"--Hogart
Topics: Alchemy, Magic, Cabala, Theology
Pagination, Book I: [128] (the 1st blank), 19 [i.e. 37], [1] (blank) p. Book II: [16] (the last blank), 169, [1] (blank) p. Book III: [8] (the last blank), 226 [i.e. 254] p. Book IV: [6], 83, [1] (blank) p. Book V: [6], 145, [1] (blank) p. Book VI: [10] (the last blank), 55, [31] p. (last leaf blank)
Topics: Medicine, Rosicrucians
Library's copy rebound; spine title: Alchemy and the alchemists
Topics: Alchemy, Alchemists
Section 2 has special t.p
Topics: Biblical cosmology, Cosmology, Occultism
Apart from those by Basil Valentine, the texts are German versions of Latin texts published in Musaeum hermeticum (1625); cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
Translator's preface signed: G.C
Topics: Llull, Ramon, 1232?-1316, Alchemy
In three parts
Topics: Chemistry, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Materia medica
Three sheets joined on linen mount
Topics: Alchemy, Zodiac, Magic
Vols. 1-2 paged continuously
Topics: Heydon, John, b. 1629, Rosicrucians, Occultism, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Attributed to Christian Rosencreutz (i.e. Johann Valentin Andreä); cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Each treatise has special t.p. All are dated 1683 except the last, The tomb of Semiramis, which is dated 1684 like the main t.p. The first treatise also has an added t.p. in Latin, and text in English and Latin on opposite pages
Topic: Alchemy
The Getty Alchemy Collection
by Rosencreutz, Christian
Colophon, p. 143: Strassburg : Bey Conrad Scher, Im Jahr 1616
Topics: Rosicrucians, Utopias, Utopias, Alchemy
Published in 1614 at Oppenheim and also at London (T. Creede). Reissued in 1625 at London with cancel letterpress t.p., title: De hieroglyphicis aegyptiorvm libri sex (Prostat apud Societatem Londinensem). See Yale Alchemy, 84
Topic: Alchemy
Edited by Chrysogonus Polydorus
Topic: Alchemy
Actual publication date 1651; see BM, ESTC
Topic: Alchemy
Includes 4 engraved plates depicting alchemical apparatus
Topics: Antimony, Antimony, Alchemy
"Philosophical and chymical experiments of the famous philosopher Raymund Lully", p. [97]-166, has individual title page with imprint: London : Printed by James Cottrel, 1657
Topics: Alchemy, Chemistry, Medicine
At head of title: D.O.M.A
Topics: Guibert, Nicolas, ca. 1547-ca. 1620, Scheunemann, Henning, Alchemy
Signatures: A B-L
Topics: Magic, Occultism
Pref., dedication, and author's statement on p. 107 bear dates in Jan., 1564, the year of the 1st ed. 3rd ed. appeared in 1591. See Hogart
Topics: Alchemy, Cabala, Magic
A resetting of the 1st French ed. of 1624. Basil Valentine's Douze clefs apparently first appeared as Practica cum XII clavibus in Michael Maier's Tripus aureus (Frankfurt, 1618). His Azoth first appeared as Aureliae occultae philosophorum partes duae in Caillet's Theatrum chemicum, 1613. Cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topics: Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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by Ashmole, Elias, 1617-1692
Marginal notes by John Everard; see p. [5]
Topic: Alchemy
Pretiosa margarita novella, the main treatise in this collection, is most often ascribed to Pietro Antonio Boni. See Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
Final page blank
Topics: Alchemy, Chemistry
Based on the 1650 ed
Topics: Alchemy, Sulfur
Two related issues appeared in the same year, both printed by Günther in Leipzig. The first has publisher statement: Auff Kosten des Autoris, bey Johann Bielcke, Buchführern in Jena. The imprint of the second is Amsterdam & Danzig, with the author and Bielcke as publishers
Topics: Glass manufacture, Precious stones, Artificial, Precious stones
The Getty Alchemy Collection
by Vaughan, Thomas, 1622-1666
Eugenius Philalethes is Thomas Vaughan's pseudonym
Topics: Alchemy, Rosicrucians, Magic, Occultism
Signatures: pi² )(² *² A-2Z² a²
Topics: Alchemy, Dictionaries, Polyglot, Alchemy, Alphabets
First published Prague, 1604. This English translation by John French is the first of any work by Sedziwój
Topics: Alchemy, Sulfur, Chemistry
Includes works by Trismosin, Paracelsus, Korndorffer and numerous other authors, gathered into 5 Tractatus. Those after the 1st have separate t.p.'s
Topics: Paracelsus, 1493-1541, Alchemy, Chemistry
At head of title: D.O.M.A
Topics: Alchemy, Materia medica
Brief extracts in Latin from writers on alchemy, with commentary in German. Based on Reusner's Pandora of 1582. See Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
"Commentatio de pharmaco catholico ..." (2nd and 3rd sequences of pagination) by Monte-Snyder; cf. Yale, Alchemy
( 1 reviews )
Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
The author of the Summa, Pseudo-Geber (not to be confused with Geber (Jabir ibn Hayyan)) was in all probability Paul of Taranto
Topics: Alchemy, Chemistry
Illustrated with woodcuts on separate leaves, and in the text
Topics: Chemistry, Alchemy, Metals
In contrast to the 1673 ed., the present ed. includes a 2nd and 3rd pt. to the Catalogue of chymical books, together with an errata list for the 1st pt. (p. [14], last sequence of pagination) and a general t.p. for all 3 pts. The imprint on this general t.p. reads: Collected by Will. Cooper, Bookseller ... London, Printed in the year 1675. See BM
Topics: Alchemy, Alchemy, Chemistry
Signatures: A a B-O P 2A-2D 2E (Leaves A3,5 signed A2,4)
Topics: Paracelsus, 1493-1541, Philosophy, Medieval, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
The t.p. may imply that the author, otherwise anonymous, is represented by the coat of arms in plate 1. However, the dedication to Johann Remmelin (1583-1632) is signed "Stephan Michelspacher aus Tiroll," and the Brit. Mus. catalog has Michelspacher as author
Topic: Alchemy
The Getty Alchemy Collection
by Paracelsus, 1493-1541
Huser's ed. first published in Latin, 1589-1591. Zetzners' 1st ed. appeared in 1605. Cf. Sudhoff
Topics: Surgery, Medicine
Advertisements on p. [3-6] at end
Topic: Alchemy
422 letters on various topics from the period 1643-1649 between Andreä, and Rudolf August, Anton Ulrich, and Ferdinand Albrecht, Dukes of Brunswick and Lüneburg, as well as some others
Topics: Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654, Rudolf August, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, 1627-1704,...
Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
Tomus 1 of Medicina catholica published: Francofurti : Typis Caspari Rötelii : Impensis Wilhelmi Fitzeri, 1629
Topics: Harvey, William, 1578-1657, Fludd, Robert, 1574-1637, Medicine, Diseases, Pulse
1st published as Cheiragogia heliana, a manuduction to the philosopher's magical gold (London : Humphrey Moseley, 1659); that title is the caption title on p. 1 of the present ed. Cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
Translator's dedication, p. [3], signed: Edvvard Stephens
Topics: Alchemy, Fire, Salt
Previously published: Joannis Conradi Barchusen Pyrosophia ... Lugduni Batavorum : Impensis Cornelii Boutestein, 1698
Topics: Alchemy, Chemistry, Materia medica
Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
The present publication represents part of a work not published in full until 1735. Cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topics: Alchemy, Magic, Cabala, Theology
The 1st publication of this work. Cf. Hogart
Topics: Biblical cosmology, Cosmology, Occultism
T.p. in red and black
Topic: Alchemy
Engraved allegorical frontispiece signed in the plate: W.F. [i.e. William Faithorne]
Topic: Alchemy
By E.F. Villain; see Hogart
Topics: Flamel, Nicolas, d. 1418, Flamel, Pernelle, Alchemists, Alchemy
Signatures: * A-Y Z
Topics: Medicine, Abnormalities, Human, Alchemy
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by Berthelot, M. (Marcellin), 1827-1907
Includes bibliographical references and index
Topic: Alchemy
Medicina diastatica originally published in Latin (Jena, 1629)
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
The compilation Aureum vellus, including works by Trimosin and others, was first published in 1598 (Tractatus I-III) and 1604 (Tractatus IV-V); cf. Sudhoff. The present work is a reissue of a 1602 French translation (with additions by the translator) of the 1st part of Tractatus III, entitled Splendor solis; cf. Hogart. Some copies, otherwise identical, have the date 1613; cf. Brunet, NUC
Topic: Alchemy
Vol. 3-4 have publisher: Printed for G. Robinson in Pater-noster Row
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
Hebrew at head of title
Topics: Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism